Chana Cromer, a resident of Jerusalem, was born in Italy to parents who survived the Holocaust, was raised in Kansas City in the USA and immigrated to Israel in 1972. Chana, along with her late husband Gerald Cromer z”l, were among the founders of the Ephrata School and of Kehilat Yedidya Congregation in Jerusalem. She is a proud mother of four and grandmother of fourteen.
Cromer received her BA in literature at Washington University in St. Louis and her MAT at Boston College. At Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, she received her BFA in 1982. In 1979-80 she studied printmaking at Pratt Institute, and in 1987-88, textile printing at Philadelphia College of the Arts. Concurrent with her artwork, Cromer does synagogue textiles, as well as having taught for many years as a teacher and lecturer in high schools and colleges. In the last ten years, both Melila Hellner-Eshed and Rabbi Daniel Epstein have been inspiring teachers for her art.